By: Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick
I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have. I have ever been the hunter, never the prey. With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.
I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Homeschooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best in people. Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk..and also, my life.My Thoughts
Daisy has just started to really live life as she moves to Minneapolis. As a young child, her mother was murdered and since that fateful day, her father has lived in fear. Isolated from the outside world, Daisy has had no friends and very little to do with the outside world. Wanting more from life, she escapes her walled off home and travels to Minneapolis.
Little does Daisy know, that within her new apartment, she is being observed secretly by Nikolai. A native born Russian and inducted into the mob at a very young age, Nikolai now works secretly as a hit man. Taking down the undesirables in society, he lives in the shadows. Finding Daisy as he searches for his latest target, he is astounded by her innocence and naivete. After their initial meeting, the two are thrown together in a whirlwind of lust, questions, and mistrust.
Having loved Jessica Clare's other works, I was thrilled to randomly find a new book by her that I had somehow missed. At times this book had me flipping the pages as fast as I could, and at others I wanted to tear my hair out it was so implausible. I wanted to like Daisy but I never could. She was portrayed to be so innocent and wary of the world, but suddenly jumps into bed with this guy she never knew.
Nikolai is another one that seems disjointed. First off, I didn't for a second believe he was this world reknown hitman at the tender age of only 24. I just didn't believe it. I also didn't really get the whole watching Daisy across the street and suddenly having this predatory urge. Where I come from, that's stalking my friend, and its generally frowned upon.
A promising premise but the characters fell flat for me. Even being prepared for a wild storyline, I never could get into it or believe it realistically. I'm open for sequels though, I still think its an interesting concept, just poorly executed in this instance.
1. Last Hit
1.5 Last Gift
2. Last Breath (Publishes 2014)
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
# of Pages: 270
Date of Publication: November 30, 2013
Source: Personal Purchase
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